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Art With Heart Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop


And since I've had my first real big holiday from stamping, and classes and everything else, I should also say "Happy New Year!!".

What an exciting way to come back from a good long break - with Sale-A-Bration in full swing and a Blog Hop to show you lots of the gorgeous products we have been using to make lovely, lovely projects!

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Today, along with some of my fellow team members from the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team, we have a blog hop for you, focusing on the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Seasonal Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration!

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If you place an order with me during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (ask me for a Sale-A-Bration Flyer and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31st March. 

Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join during Sale-a-bration, you get to choose whatever you like from our catalogues, but pay just $169 for $235 worth of product (that’s a huge discount!) and you also get to choose between two free product options. It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me how!

Now let’s get into showing you what you can make with the great new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues. You may be starting here or may have come to my blog from my gorgeous friend in Adelaide, Kathryn Mangelsdorf.

Just have a lovely browse and at the end of each blog post you'll see a link button to take you to the next one, eventually you'll go full circle.

I chose to show you a couple of my FAVOURITE Sale-A-Bration products today - a stamp set, and a fabulous, gorgeous, wonderful Specialty Designer Series Paper ( DSP).

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I decided to start with the DSP - it's called Irresistably Yours and yes, it's all white with delicious white embossed motifs - in this case stars. This means you can sponge, brayer, spritz all over it and then wipe the excess ink back to reveal the embossing - how could I resist sponging rainbows over it?

I teamed the lovely star design with the Confetti Stars Border Punch which was in our Holiday Catalogue and is a carry over item - along with lots of other Christmas goodies.

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I then matched these two products with the cute and fun Big Day Stamp Set which is a stamp set you can choose for FREE with your Sale-A-Bration $90 order. Love this fun set!

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Quite a number of Art With Heart team demonstrators attended a Stampin' Up! event last Saturday - Partytime Warragul which was a really fun day out - and as part of the preparations I made these twelve card fronts for a team swap which my team did to coincide with the event.

I loved the bright primary colours so much, and I wanted to use the stamp set a bit more, so I made another card using all the same products.

First I sponged more of the rainbow background.

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Then I stamped and coloured the cake from the stamp set.

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Then I put them together with some layers of Pacific Point Card stock and the super delicious White Jute Ribbon from the Occasions Catalogue. Love this card - so happy and cheerful!

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Well, as you can see - I just had too much fun with these - such cheerful colours and such fun images that truly do co-ordinate with products we already have!
But, we'd better keep this blog hop hopping. Next person to visit today is Claire Daly. Click on the heart to go to her blog.

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Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to email me to get a copy of the Occasions Seasonal Catalogue or Sale-a-bration flyer, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team, and please leave a comment as we love to get feedback!

1. Kate Morgan
2. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
3. Kathryn Ruddick
4. Claire Daly
5. Judy May
6. Christine Gibbins
7. Genna Gifford
8. Nikki Sadler
9. Rachel Woollard
10. Ros Davidson

Retiring Products Blog Hop

Welcome to our final ESAD blog hop for the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, especially if you are coming to me from Andrea Buckland's blog - welcome.

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These retiring products have been among our favourites, so we thought we’d give them another good bash before they are no longer available for sale.

Which retiring products am I going to miss?

I've picked out three of my favourites from the last catalogue year - Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Set, Bug Me Stamp Set and the really gorgeous Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Kit.

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But, before I show you more of my Bug Me Betsy Blossom Cards, you may be wondering :

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

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I've had these little frames in my collection for a while and decided to fill them up with cheerfulness - I've loved Bug Me and Betsy's Blossoms stamp sets and will be keeping them in my stash as they are so useful and cute!

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Can you imagine these grouped on a nursery wall?

Or even without the frames, they'd make a super cute pack of note cards for someone special.

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If you've left me a comment and are ready to continue on the blog hop, click on her name here to go to Sally William's blog now.

Here's the list of participants in the blog hop. If you get lost or disconnected, you can always come back here and copy the next persons link in to your browser.

1.  Narelle Hoggard

2.  Emily Campbell

3.  Kelli Gordon

4.  Kelly Kent

5.  Andrea Buckland

6.  Kathryn Ruddick - YOU ARE HERE

7.  Sally Williams

8.  Keryn Campbell

9.  Yvonne Walker

10.  Richelle Fletcher

11.  Teresa Leggo

12.  Clare Mcilhatton

Baby, We've Grown - Stampin' Up! ESAD Blog Hop

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Welcome to my little corner of Blog Land on the ESAD Occasional Catalogue Blog Hop, where I hope you have been getting lots of awesome cardmaking and scrapbooking ideas!

You may have arrived here via Chloe Evans blog. If so, welcome. If not, then you are in for the ride of your life with this inspiring blog hop, of amazing projects by talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators who all belong to a FaceBook group called ESAD.

There are 25 demonstrators on the blog hop, so hopefully you've got an hour or so to spare, to visit each one of our blogs - the links at the bottom of each one should take you to the next. We'd love to know what you think of our creative work, so please leave a comment if you have time!

I chose the new stamp set "Baby, We've Grown" for the blog hop. It's one of those stamp sets which you kind of think, "Do I need it or not??" But then once you've used it, or seen samples - it does become a must have item. I am so in love with the rabbit stamp!

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Oh, and how about that cute greeting stamp, partly shaded with Stampin' Write Markers? I've used Wild Wasabi and Pistachio Pudding markers with Blender Pens to add a splash of colour to the text.

I've stamped the cute bunny straight onto Pistachio Pudding Chevron patterned paper from the In-Colour Pattern Stack, so it looks like a stripey stuffed toy, and just added a tiny bit of shading also with the markers.

And of course there's a small snippet of the gorgeous "Sweet Sorbet" Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper at the bottom.

I love the bunny stamp so much, I had to make more than one card. This one is more particular about the gender of the new born baby!

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Just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Watercolour Wonder Designer Series Paper, AND it works with the Sweet Sorbet DSP as well. This tag is punched using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, which I am sure you will be seeing a lot of - it's awesome!! Both of these products are also in the Occasions Catalogue.

I've also used Stampin' Up! watercolour paper so I could do the wet-on-wet watercolouring of the bunny.

This time I've used the Aqua-painter to colour the bunny and letters. It's filled with water and I pick up ink out of the lids of our Classic Stampin' Ink Pads to colour with. I have been using an awful lot of Crisp Canteloupe & Calypso Coral combinations lately. It just works so well!

The reason I actually bought Baby, You've Grown, wasn't even the bunny stamp, but the cute OWL family. So I had better show you the card I made with that too. It's perfect for announcing a new arrival in the family!

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Ha, ha! Just realised, this card HAD to have the bunny stamp as well!

The main pennant on this card was also Watercolour Paper, coloured using the Aqua-painter and inks direct from the inkpad.

I just love authentic watercolouring, where you wet the paper after stamping, then add colour, letting it bleed, allowing it to dry, adding more layers - it's so amazing and beautiful when it dries.

I really loved creating these projects! 

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And this is what the complete set of stamps looks like :

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It's on page 28 of the Occasions Catalogue.

You may be wondering how I got into this "Blog Hop" and what on earth is ESAD!!

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your Email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

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If you're not already a member of the Stampin' Up! family, and you're interested to know more about it, so you can be part of such an awesome bunch of stampin' friends, get lots of information and inspiration from talented stampers, AND save money on your craft supplies - or even make some extra money, make sure you ask me today about the awesome Stampin' Up! starter kit and how you can get $255.00 worth of products for just $169.00 during Sale-a-bration.

Well, please leave a comment below, then go off to visit the next person on the blog hop,my darling stamping friend Nikki Sadler. If you follow the links at the end of each blog post, you will do a full circle and end up back here!

Can't wait to hear what you think about our creations!


Last Day!

The beautiful Holiday Traditions Catalogue finishes today! I shouldn't be sad, as it's Sale-a-Bration and we have a gorgeous new Seasonal Catalogue starting tomorrow, but sighhhhhhh! I have just LOVED the themed items in the Holiday Catalogue. I've loved the snowflakes, and the Ghoulish Googlies and the Early Espresso & Cherry Cobbler Christmas papers . . .

Thankfully a few items are carrying over for a while, but many of MY favourites are not. Please check the catalogue (there's a link over on the right----------->>> ) in case there is anything still there which is on your wish list and NOT on the carry over list, as it won't be available after the end of today.

Carry Over List:

Stamp Sets :

  • Evergreen
  • Friendship Preserves
  • Greetings of the Season
  • Jewish Celebrations
  • Ornament Keepsakes
  • Perfectly Preserved
  • Seasonal Sayings
  • Snowflake Soiree
  • Wonderfall

Other Items :

  • Festive Paper Piercing Pack
  • Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies
  • Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch
  • Autumn Accents Bigz Die
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags
  • Merry Minis Punch Pack
  • Early Espresso Embossing Powder
  • Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
  • Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad & Refill
  • Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies
  • Cannery Set Framelits Dies
  • Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon
  • Jumbo Sticky Rounds
  • Desktop Display Calendar Case
  • Silicone Craft Sheet
  • Stampin' Dazzle Markers in gold & silver
  • Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

If there is an item from the Holiday Traditions Mini Catalogue, which is on your wishlist, and not on the list above, you need to order it today. It won't be available tomorrow.

Phone me on 0418 361 931 or email me :

Tomorrow!! Big day for Katlo Designs! Firstly there is the gorgeous new catalogue starting, and secondly its blog hop day in the world of Scrapbooking, with the first blog hop of the year by the One Little Word class students.

What on earth is that?

One Little Word is an online Scrapbooking Class, led by Ali Edwards of Big Picture Classes. It's a year long journey of discovery with each student focussing on just one word and allowing it to have action in their lives. I am participating in the class for my second year (did it in 2011) and am very exciting to be catching up with so many talented, creative people from every corner of the globe. You have the chance to meet some of them too, via the OLW 2013 blog hop which kicks of around 11pm Australian Eastern time tomorrow. Hope you can join us for an inspiring journey. See you late tomorrow night!


And don't forget, if you do require anything out of the Holiday Traditions Mini Catalogue, you have to make it happen, today :o)


ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Good morning!

Have you had a browse through the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Catalogue yet? We Stampin' Up! Demonstrators fell hopelessly in love with it, the minute we got our sneak preview back in August, and we couldn't wait for it to start in September so we order some of the amazing Christmas goodies and other fun products hidden in its forty (YES 40!!) pages.

Today we are going to share some of them with you, on another ESAD blog hop. You may have arrived here from the blog of Joanne Kechagais, or if you are starting here, and have an hour or two to fill in, grab a coffee (if you haven't already got one) and join the inspiring journey!

SO - What is ESAD?

 ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We SO love what we do, and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other, as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Now you're probably wondering what I have been creating out of the Holiday Catalogue? Whilst I adore the gorgeous Christmas ornament on the front of the catalogue, and can't wait to make one, I am pretty time poor, so I wanted to find some less time consuming projects, and when you see what I found, I think you'll agree, I hit the jackpot!

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I am NOT a halloween fan at all, and I was definitely NOT buying any of these stamps, but when I really looked at them closely, I thought what fun party packs they would make for kids birthdays too. Kids love monsters and googlies!

The Designer Kit includes tags, bags, googly eyes and baker's twine and it makes throwing together a dozen treat bags such an easy task. Some of these projects only took a couple of minutes to make.

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Ha ha! Can you see the one naughty spider there who decided to play funny games!

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The Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and the Googly Ghouls stamp set can be purchased individually, or, if you're looking for a bargain, they can be purchased as a bundle with a 15% saving!!

  • Ghoulish Googlies Woodmount Bundle only $35.95!
  • Ghoulish Googlies Clearmount Bundle only $30.95!

Well back onto the Blog Hop . . . How it works? Follow the link at the bottom of this post to the next lady on the blog hop. She'll have a link at the bottom of her post to the next person and so on. You'll be able to work you way all the way back here by following the links at the bottom of each post.

Please leave some "blog love" in the way of a comment for each person who's blog you visit and off you go now to see the creative works of Michelle Halling.

Techniques Blog Hop

Good morning on this wintery Melbourne day! What better thing to do than stay inside out of the cold, with a hot drink in your hands and spend some time getting inspired and catching up with your stamping friends!

That's just what I plan to do! You may have arrived here at my blog after learning all about using bleach with your stamping, from my lovely friend Alisha Watson, or you may be just starting here. Either way, join me on this little tour through stamping land, just by following the link at the bottom of this message to the next person on the blog hop, and keep going until you hop right back here!  We love feedback and hearing what you think so please leave us a comment (blog love) too, if you have time - we love to get messages!

So, what technique did I choose today? I saw a technique at the Stampin' Up! Convention by lovely Sophie Zardeh, one of our SU! staffers. Sophie didn't give this technique a name, but now that I have recreated it, I am going to call it "Weathered Glaze" technique.

Start with your SU! Watercolour paper and stamp your chosen image in Black Stazon Ink. If it's an outline image, you may choose to do a bit of watercolouring now too.

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Then using your SU! Simply Scored Tool, add some grid lines across the whole card. I did both directions, and on one card front I chose to also try them on the diagonal.

Next you're going to use your brayer to roll Versamark Clear Ink all over the whole piece of card, including the image. You will notice it doesn't go into the grooves you created with the Simply Scored.  Pour on your Clear Embossing Powder, make sure it covers the whole card, tip off the excess, then heat set.

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The next step is to spritz the card front and back with water. Let it soak in a bit, scrunch the card, spritz it some more, really wriggle it about on the grooves you created previoulsy, to weaken the paper fibres. Scrunch it a bit more, tease up the edges and put it aside to dry.

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Now, if it was me, just making samples for myself, I would stop right there and make some more, because that was SO much fun and I love how they look and feel!  But, my guess is, you want to see them on a finished project so you can see how to incorporate them into your art works! OKAY!!!!

So for the lovely bird image from Beautiful Blessings stamp set, I decided to create a really simple card. The card stock colours which match the watercolouring are Raspberry Ripple (yes! NEW!!) and Lucky Limeade.

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For the clock image from Forever Young Stamp Set, I wanted to try a mini pizza box, but I have changed the dimensions somewhat so it's more like a book box. The colours I choose for this are one of my favourite combinations - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and River Rock!

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I've added an antique brad to the side of the box which opens. It's only purpose is to indicate that's the side of the box to open - it doesn't actually hold the box closed - in the road construction industry we call that Way Finding Artwork - like the black bird or the hotel on EastLink! Or the Cheese Sticks at Flemington Road!

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Very happy with how these projects turned out, and hope you are inspired to give this technique a go, as it really adds a special flavour to the projects!

If you'd like to continue on our little blog hop - there are only half a dozen ladies participating today - please leave a comment for me below, then hop off to see what the talented Ros Davidson has created for us today.

I will be back over the next few days with lots of sneak peaks of projects I have made using products from our TWO new catalogues that come out on September 1st! Hope to see you around!